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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Global Englishes (MSc) (LASC11079)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a description of varieties of English which emerge from multilingual settings. In these contexts English has become a second or additional language, either through histories of colonisation, or slavery/indentured labour. We look at how processes of mass acquisition can produce identifiable non-native or "World" Englishes such as East African English, Indian English, and Singaporean English in the territories of the former British empire, and pidgin and creole Englishes in the former plantation economies or slave-trading bases of the Caribbean or Pacific.
Course description In addition to modelling the evolution of these varieties, we learn to describe their phonology and syntax, and explore the cultural role that English plays in the respective countries today. Finally we turn to contexts in which English is learnt as a foreign language, such as China, Japan, Russia. For learners of English in these countries or anyone who must use English in international exchanges, the form, level of proficiency and teaching of "English as a lingua franca" are all key questions in an increasingly heated global debate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% proposal for attitudes survey (1500 words plus questionnaire);

30% quantitative study (data analysis plus 1000 word write-up);

30% qualitative study (1500 words) 
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe the histories and social contexts that have given rise to World Englishes
  2. identify key debates in the emergence of extraterritorial Englishes; and identify questions for the field that may not be covered in the existing literature
  3. discriminate between and define key terms in the field, and raise questions about the use of terminology
  4. integrate insights from their real world experience into theory of language contact
  5. determine research questions that are relevant to their real world experience and identify research methods appropriate to contexts that they are familiar with
Reading List
Graddol, David (2006) English Next: Why global English may mean the end of 'English as a foreign language'?. British Council

Mesthrie, Rajend and Rakesh M. Bhatt (2008) World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The skills acquired will include:

*Designing questionnaire to investigate language attitudes towards varieties of English in contact situations
*Identifying the linguistic features of contact Englishes and providing well-informed descriptions of them
*Analysing variation in relevant linguistic features using quantitative analysis
*Contextualising relevant linguistic features using qualitative analysis
*Critical reflection on the limitations of different research methods
*Demonstrating subtlety and originality in their interpretation of the results of quantitative analysis
*Demonstrating creativity and originality in their use of qualitative analysis
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
Keywordsworld Englishes,multilingualism,pidgins,creoles,contact linguistics
Course organiserDr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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